Seminoles at the top for 2023 QB Tyler Jefferson following January offer

Florida State has extended a plethora of scholarship offers to prospects across multiple classes since the beginning of 2021. One relatively new target on the board is 2023 quarterback Tyler Jefferson, who picked up an offer from offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham in January.

“Coach Dillingham called my head coach, then I contacted him and he extended me the offer,” Jefferson said. “It definitely impacted my recruitment because of the way I’ve been watching college football, I really have my eye on Florida State. Getting that offer from them really took my recruitment to the next level. I’ve got my eyes really set on Florida State.”

Early on in his recruitment, the Seminoles are standing out to Jefferson. In fact, he calls them his leader at this point. Jefferson watched quarterback Jordan Travis have success in Mike Norvell’s offense last season and thinks that the two have similar skillsets.

“The offensive system,” Jefferson said. “Especially last year watching Jordan Travis back there as a dual-threat quarterback. To be able to do what he did in that system, it really gives me hope, it shows me that I can go and play at the next level.”

“Right now,” Jefferson continued. “Florida State is No. 1 on my recruitment list.”

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The Florida native also holds offers from FAU, Kentucky, Maryland, and UConn. Though he isn’t exactly sure when he’ll be visiting some of his suitors, he does know where he wants his first trip to be.

“If possible,” Jefferson said. “I’d want to go straight to Florida State. I want them to be my No. 1 visit this summer.”

Jefferson has shown Florida State some love on social media over the past couple of weeks. Including on Thursday, when he congratulated his 7-on-7 teammate and 2023 defensive end, Gabe Harris, on committing to the Seminoles. They’ve known each other for a few years after meeting at an all-star game.

“It’s kind of funny because we play on the same 7-on-7 team,” Jefferson said. “We connected a few years during an all-star game where we happened to be on the same team. He’s been my boy for a couple of years, we’ve been in contact, he actually texted me right after he did it to let me know he was committing.”

The Fort White product has spent much of the offseason stepping into a leadership role for his high school. He’s just a rising junior himself but he has three years of varsity experience under his belt after taking snaps with the Indians in Eighth Grade. So far, Jefferson is enjoying the process.

“It’s going pretty good,” Jefferson said. “Getting back into workouts, getting back into the weight room. With the young team we have, last year, not a ton of them had varsity experience but we improved as the season went on. Just getting those guys in the weight room this offseason, getting them stronger, that’s one of our main goals.”

Like most high school players, Jefferson’s main aspiration is to win a state championship. However, he also wants to show some personal growth on the field by raising his completion percentage during each of his final two seasons of high school football. Jefferson completed 53.8% of his passes with four touchdowns while adding 483 yards and seven more scores on the ground as a sophomore.

“I’ve always had this one big goal that I’ve yet to accomplish,” Jefferson said. “I want to go win a state championship. These last two years, I want to throw for at least 2,000 yards each season and I want my completion percentage to rise as I go through the rest of my career too.”

It’s really just getting started for most prospects in the 2023 recruiting cycle but it seems like committing early is starting to become the norm, particularly after Harris and 2023 legacy defensive end Lamont Green Jr. did so last week. Could Jefferson join in on the trend?

“Ah, see, that’s a very good question,” Jefferson said. “I’m gonna say sooner rather than later.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback speaks with Kenny Dillingham every Wednesday evening. He’s currently unranked in the 2023 class according to 247Sports.

NoleGameday will continue to track Jefferson and his recruitment during his final two seasons of high school football.

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